David K. Claflin
Feb. 19, 1936 –
June 28, 2011
K. Claflin, 75, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his home on Lake
Nokomis of lung cancer.
Dave was born Feb. 19, 1936, in Eau Claire, the
only child of Knowlton "Korney" and Dorothy (Halberg) Claflin.
He grew up in Mondovi, where he "always knew" his wife Susan
(Erickson) Claflin. Right after high school, Dave and Sue married and
moved to Menomonie, where Dave completed undergraduate and graduate school
at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and the couple’s first two
children were born: Anne (Doug) Gruenewald and William "Bill"
Dave’s first teaching job (industrial arts and
architectural drafting) was in Seymour, and their third child, Timothy
"Tim" Claflin was born in nearby Green Bay during those five
years. Dave and Sue remained life-long friends with the close group of
faculty from Seymour, maintaining an annual reunion for the past half
In 1963, Dave and Sue relocated to Waukesha, when
Dave took a teaching job with the New Berlin school system. Their fourth
child, Jayne Claflin, was born during those years, after Sue finished
dental hygiene school at Marquette University. In addition to his teaching
commitments, raising a family and helping his wife complete college, Dave
and Sue were very active members of the First United Methodist Church.
Dave was active in the Waukesha Masonic Lodge, serving as Lodge Master in
1980. Like the Seymour friends, Dave and Sue added to their growing list
of life-long friends from the Waukesha church, New Berlin faculty and Sue’s
dental clinic colleagues.
During the late 1970s, Dave and Sue decided to buy
a lot on Lake Nokomis, near Tomahawk, where Dave built (almost
singlehandedly) their current home, completing it over several years.
After Dave’s retirement, the couple moved to "the lake" full
time in 1991, where Dave was able to devote more time to hunting, fishing
and "coaching" the Packers, Brewers and Badgers. During the past
20 years, Dave and Sue have relished living in northern Wisconsin and
traveling across the nation (in an Airstream) and internationally (Europe
and Africa). Once again, Dave and Sue became very active members of the
United Methodist Church in Tomahawk, then the Church of the Pines in
Minocqua, and the Masonic Lodge in Tomahawk, Rhinelander and Minocqua.
Dave is survived by his wife and best friend, Sue;
three of his four children (Tim died in 2008); three grandchildren,
Jessica "Jess" Claflin, Megan Claflin and Johanna "Jo"
Gruenewald; and Sue’s sisters, Nancy (Jack) Gillette, Mary Erickson,
Cheryl Taylor and many close friends.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 2
p.m. memorial service with Masonic rites on Saturday, July 9, at First
United Methodist Church in Waukesha.
A memorial service will also be held at a later
date at the Church of the Pines Methodist Church in Minocqua.
Memorials are appreciated to The Church of the
Pines in Minocqua, First United Methodist Church in Waukesha or the
Wisconsin Masonic Foundation.
Krueger Family Funeral Home, 715-453-3808, is
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